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Canterbury Better Breathing programme

If you have a breathing problem, the Better Breathing programme can help you to improve your breathing and fitness. The programme does this through education and exercise. This is called pulmonary rehabilitation.

People with breathlessness lose fitness. The programme teaches you to manage your breathing through gentle movement and exercise.

The programme includes education sessions that help you to:

Studies suggest that people with lung conditions like COPD do better if they do pulmonary rehabilitation.

In Canterbury, a free eight-week pulmonary rehabilitation programme called Better Breathing is available for people with long-term chest conditions like COPD.

The programme consists of a two-hour session twice a week, and participants are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible.

There are entry requirements for this programme. If you are interested in attending a pulmonary rehabilitation programme, phone (03) 353‑9973, or talk to your GP.

Upcoming programmes are as follows:

Programme start date



January 2020


Christchurch South Tongan Methodist Church, 5 Somerfield St

February 2020


Ashburton Senior Centre, 206 Cameron St

March 2020

North New Brighton

North New Brighton War Memorial Hall, 93 Marine Pde

April 2020


Hei Hei Community Lounge, 12 Wycola Ave, Hei Hei

May 2020


Christchurch Chinese Methodist Church, 165 Papanui Rd

August 2020


Ashburton Senior Centre, 206 Cameron St

August 2020


The Function Centre, Rangiora Showgrounds, 160 Ashley St

September 2020


Linwood Salvation Army hall, 177 Linwood Ave

September 2020


Christchurch South Tongan Methodist Church, 5 Somerfield St

Watch a video on the Canterbury DHB Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme.

In this video, Tuli shares his story about learning to breathe better through the Better Breathing pulmonary rehabilitation programme.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by community respiratory physician, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed November 2017. Last updated April 2020.

See also:


Support groups for breathing problems

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